The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon), a thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi (Rinzai) school, it is composed of forty-eight koans, or cases, each accompanied by a brief comment and poem by Wu-men. Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men's text, supplementing the original with his own commentary-the first such commentary by a Western master-making the profound truths of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
by Robert Aitken
by Robert Thurman
by Robert Powell
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